If a blackout or emergency arises in the middle of the night, will you be prepared? Outages that leave you in the dark can be extremely disruptive and dangerous. Aside from outfitting your home with a generator, one of the best things you can do to mitigate issues that arise during a blackout is to put together a Blackout Kit.
What you should do to prepare for a power outage before that happens?
Here is an interesting set of rulles to follow prior to a power outage that I found on ready.gov
To prepare for a power outage you should do the following:
- To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
- Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling power outages.
- Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer if there’s room. Leave about an inch of space inside each one, because water expands as it freezes. This chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold during a temporary power outage, by displacing air that can warm up quickly with water or ice that keeps cold for several hours without additional refrigeration.
- Be aware that most medication that requires refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.
- Keep your car tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
- Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help to lift it.
- Keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home, in case the garage door will not open.
What a blackout kit should contain?
- One or two torches, with spare batteries for both.
- Battery-operated lantern with a spare battery (get this from a camping/outdoors store).
- Portable battery-operated AM/FM radio to keep up to date with news, weather warnings and community announcements.
- Wide-base candles (When using candles, always ensure you keep them away from flammable fabrics and materials).
- A few packets of matches.
- First-aid kit including Band-Aids, bandages, scissors and antiseptic ointment.
- A few thermal blankets to keep your family warm.
- Non-perishable and dried food plus a manual can opener.
- Stored freshwater supply for drinking and sanitation.
- A list of emergency phone numbers.
Additional helpful items
- Back-up stove and fuel for cooking – you can get this from a camping/outdoors store or simply use your outdoor BBQ.
- A long-life portable phone charger so you can charge your phone without power.
- Wet wipes or moist towelettes for quick cleaning and hygiene.
- Board games, puzzles or activities to keep children engaged and entertained.
Your emergency blackout survival kit should be assembled and stored in a waterproof box or storage container. It’s also important that you keep your blackout kit somewhere it can be easily and quickly accessed, and make sure the whole family knows where to find it.
If you or a family member is on prescription medication, ensure the medication is kept somewhere that is easily accessible or include spares in your blackout kit.
Whach the following video to understand how important is a blackout kit for you and your family.You never know when SHTF.
Make sure every member of your family knows where to find the BOK in case of power outages.In the dark is not that easy to find things.
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